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Table of Contents for 6/28/10:

NEWS
Buildings 1. Appalachian State U Residence Hall Earns LEED Gold
2. U La Verne Building Receives LEED Silver
3. U Minnesota Duluth Unveils Outdoor Laboratory
Curriculum 4. U Texas Arlington Debuts Sustainable Graduate Program
5. Messiah College Approves Sustainability Studies Program
6. Temple U Launches Corporate Social Responsibility Minor
Dining Services 7. U California San Diego Implements Fair Trade Policy
Energy 8. California State U Bakersfield to Install 1MW Solar Energy System
9. Georgia Tech Students Evaluate Energy Saving Opportunities
10. Oberlin College Awarded $925,000 Energy Efficiency Grant
11. U Alberta Augustana Unveils Solar Power Project
12. U California San Diego Wins EPA 2010 Award
13. U Louisville Plans to Phase Out Coal
Funding 14. 25 Higher Ed Institutions Receive Green Building Fellowships
15. Waubonsee Community College to Expand Green Programs
Grounds 16. Luther College Develops Campus Wetland Area
Investment 17. Dickinson College Announces Sustainable Investments Initiative
Public Engagement 18. U Houston Partners with Urban Harvest for Community Garden
Transportation 19. Duke U Announces Free Bus Service
Water 20. U Utah Debuts Bio-Retention Garden

NEW RESOURCES
21. AASHE Releases 2009 Annual Report
22. Sustainability a Major Theme in IBM College Student Survey

OPPORTUNITIES
23. AASHE 2010 Awards Program Accepting Applications
24. Call for Case Studies - National Wildlife Federation
25. Call for Proposals - Innovation and Sustainability in Int'l Ed
26. Submissions Welcome for 2010 PhD Sustainability Academy

JOBS & INTERNSHIPS
27. Director, Energy and Sustainability Management, Lone Star College
28. Energy Program Manager, U Colorado Boulder
29. Environmental Safety Specialist, Georgia Southern U
30. Transportation Demand Manager, Duke U
31. Sustainability Coordinator, Lehigh U
32. Instructor, Sustainable Energy, Montana State U
33. Instructor, Environmental Studies, Foothill-De Anza CC

EVENTS
34. ACUPCC Campus Carbon Calculator Bootcamp
35. ACUPCC Crafting Your Climate Action Plan: Sharing Best Practices
36. Higher Ed and the Role of Green Information Technology Seminar

CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY DISCUSSION FORUMS HIGHLIGHTS
37. Campus Trees - Sequestration in Inventory?
38. Eco-Friendly Maintenance Products
39. Transparency Responsible Party for STARS


News

Buildings

1. Appalachian State U Residence Hall Earns LEED Gold
Appalachian State University's (NC) Frank Hall has been awarded LEED Gold certification. The residence hall is the university's first LEED certified building, featuring low-flow shower and sink fixtures, recycled and reused lobby furniture, and water-source heat pumps in each room. The project incorporated pervious concrete under exterior brick layers to help control water runoff and each floor of the building has a recycling center. More than two tons of recyclable material was collected from Frank Hall during the 2009 - 2010 academic year.
See also: List of Green Residence Halls (AASHE Members Only)

2. U La Verne Building Receives LEED Silver
The University of La Verne (CA) has attained its first LEED Silver certification. Green highlights of the 40,000-square-foot Campus Center include a rooftop garden with recycled seatbelt seating, recycled carpet, low-flow urinals and toilets, and passive solar design. Seventy-five percent of construction waste was recycled.
See also: List of Green Student Centers (AASHE Members Only)

3. U Minnesota Duluth Unveils Outdoor Laboratory
The University of Minnesota, Duluth has unveiled a new outdoor teaching laboratory. The 2,000-square-foot classroom features zinc siding and a vegetated roof. South-facing photovoltaic panels on the roof provide solar heat. Other green features include high efficiency doors, local timber and compost toilets. The university is seeking LEED Platinum certification for the project.

Curriculum

4. U Texas Arlington Debuts Sustainable Graduate Program
The University of Texas at Arlington has announced a new sustainable studies graduate program. The yearlong curriculum addresses sustainability across a variety of academic and professional disciplines. Some courses will focus on sustainability concepts like the LEED and Energy Star programs. Other courses will look at cost and regulatory issues within green practices, and the psychological and socio-economic dynamics of the cultural paradigm shift to a more conscientious consumption. The program will start in fall 2010.
See also: List of Graduate Programs in Sustainability

5. Messiah College Approves Sustainability Studies Program
Messiah College (PA) has approved an undergraduate sustainability studies program. Students can select from three areas of focus: community and urban development, public policy and sustainable agriculture. Messiah has also partnered with Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies, a fieldwork program, to provide students with opportunities to travel with Messiah faculty for fieldwork.

6. Temple U Launches Corporate Social Responsibility Minor
Temple University's (PA) Fox School of Business has announced a new minor in corporate social responsibility beginning in fall 2010. The six-course undergraduate program will integrate sustainability into the business curriculum and expand research and community engagement. The minor will require students to complete 120 hours with partners within the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia.
See also: List of Minors in Sustainability

Dining Services

7. U California San Diego Implements Fair Trade Policy
The University of California, San Diego has announced the implementation of a Fair Trade University Policy. The policy promotes both sustainable business and humane farming practices that food and beverage suppliers will be asked to support whenever possible. In cooperation with fair trade authority TransFair, the university will work toward a Fair Trade University designation.
See also: UC San Diego Fair Trade Policy
See also: TransFair USA: Fair Trade on Campus
See also: UC San Diego Fair Trade Video

Energy

8. California State U Bakersfield to Install 1MW Solar Energy System
California State University, Bakersfield has begun the installation of a $9.5 million solar energy project funded by SunEdison. The 1-megawatt solar photovoltaic collection system is expected to provide 25 to 30 percent of total university energy and provide shade for 500 parking spaces. The solar power energy will be sold back to the university at a cost of five percent less than it currently pays. The project is slated for a late summer 2010 completion.
See also: List of Campus Solar Panels

9. Georgia Tech Students Evaluate Energy Saving Opportunities
After conducting energy assessments at five Beaulieu of America facilities, Georgia Institute of Technology students found that the carpet manufacturer could reduce its utility usage by almost 15 percent with an estimated annual savings of $2 million. Funded by the Georgia Environmental Partnership, the student site visits addressed energy issues important to the specific plants including energy management, boilers, steam systems and compressed air systems.
See also: Student Research Papers on Energy (AASHE Members Only)

10. Oberlin College Awarded $925,000 Energy Efficiency Grant
Oberlin College (OH) has received a $925,000 grant to increase the energy efficiency of six of its residential halls. The award is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant: Local Governments and State Energy Program. The college will retrofit the dormitories with new windows, thermostatic radiator controls and more efficient steam traps. In related news, Oberlin's Williams Field House has achieved LEED Gold certification. Formerly an unused outdoor hockey rink, the renovated field house is now an enclosed winter practice space for sports teams.
See also: Williams Field House

11. U Alberta Augustana Unveils Solar Power Project
The University of Alberta, Augustana (BC) has completed the installation of 10 solar thermal panels on the roof of the Convocation Center. The panels will heat water for use in the cafeteria and gymnasium, relieving 20 to 30 percent of the heating requirements that formerly relied on non-renewable sources.

12. U California San Diego Wins EPA 2010 Award
University of California, San Diego has received the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 2010 Energy Star CHP Award for its high efficiency, low-emission combined heat and power plant. The co-generation plant provides 85 percent of the campus’ annual electricity needs. The plant generates electricity to run lights and equipment and captures the waste heat to produce steam for heating, ventilation and air conditioning for most of the campus buildings. The university saves $670,000 per month in energy costs and uses 26 percent less fuel than a system composed of typical onsite thermal generation and purchased electricity.

13. U Louisville Plans to Phase Out Coal
The University of Louisville (KY) has announced plans to phase out coal burning on its Belknap Campus. The university is working with the Louisville Air Pollution Control District on a pollution reduction plan that will replace a coal furnace with a new natural gas boiler. The gas boiler will increase heating capacity by 64 percent. The university is scheduled to sign an agreement to phase out coal by the end of 2015.

Funding

14. 25 Higher Ed Institutions Receive Green Building Fellowships
Second Nature has awarded 25 under-resourced institutions the 2010 Kresge Fellowship based on their level of need and institutional awareness of sustainable practices. Through the fellowship awards, institutions are provided with educational and networking opportunities to develop their green building and institutional sustainability competence.

15. Waubonsee Community College to Expand Green Programs
Waubonsee Community College (IL) has received a $120,000 grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation to expand its green program offerings. The college will add a photovoltaic training laboratory and a geothermal heating/cooling system. The grant will also help create two photovoltaic career certificates.

Grounds

16. Luther College Develops Campus Wetland Area
Luther College (IA) is collaborating with Winneshiek County to develop a wetland area on college property, to be completed this summer. The enhancement of the area with native wetland plant species will be an ongoing project of the college. The wetland project is intended to mitigate the adverse effects of two county bridge projects on other existing wetlands in Winneshiek County.
See also: Sustainable Landscaping on Campus

Investment

17. Dickinson College Announces Sustainable Investments Initiative
Dickinson College (PA) has announced that it will invest one percent of its pooled endowment in the Sustainable Investments Initiative and will seek additional gifts to match its pledge. This co-mingled fiscal vehicle seeks investments that generate long-term social, environmental and economic power. Structured to make investments in both public and private equity around the world, the initiative's focus on socially responsible investments prepares for the scenario of sustainability becoming a primary global economic driver.
See also: Socially Responsible Investment Policies (AASHE Members Only)

Public Engagement

18. U Houston Partners with Urban Harvest for Community Garden
The University of Houston (TX) has partnered with nonprofit urban food educator Urban Harvest to intensify its sustainability initiatives with a new community garden and campus gardening classes that are open to the public. The garden is slated for a fall 2010 debut.

Transportation

19. Duke U Announces Free Bus Service
Duke University (NC) has announced that a free, environmentally sensitive bus service will help connect downtown Durham with the university. The project will feature six new hybrid/diesel buses. Under the agreement between Duke and the City of Durham, Duke provided $375,000 in matching funds. In addition, Duke will contribute toward the annual operating costs of the service.
See also: List of Campus Alternative Transportation Websites

Water

20. U Utah Debuts Bio-Retention Garden
The University of Utah has announced the completion of a bio-retention garden. Dubbed the "Rain Garden," the plot features drought-resistant, native plant species that pool rain water, storing it underground and re-channeling it to help alleviate the burden of the university's current irrigation system. The garden was built with funding from the Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund, which is collected from a portion of student fees.
See also: Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund

New Resources

21. AASHE Releases 2009 Annual Report
AASHE has released the AASHE 2009 Annual Report, an annual summary of highlights from the association's national efforts to make higher education institutions more sustainable. Of note in 2009 is AASHE's launch of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) and the Business Alliance Program. The 16-page report is available free from the AASHE website.
See also: AASHE 2009 Annual Report (pdf)

22. Sustainability a Major Theme in IBM College Student Survey
In a new multi-national study conducted by IBM's Institute for Business Value, globalization and sustainability were persistent themes among college students. The research compared the views of 3,600 college and graduate students in 40 countries with 1,541 CEOs in 60 countries. When asked for a ranking of factors that would impact organizations over the next five years, 55 percent of students chose globalization while only 23 percent of CEOs did. Students were also more than twice as likely as CEOs to expect major consequences from scarcity of resources such as energy and water. That divergence of opinion was most evident among North American students, who were three times as likely as CEOs to state that they expected a significant impact. That same geographic group was also 54 percent more likely to say that customer expectations for social responsibility would increase significantly.
See also: 2010 Global Student Survey
See also: 2010 Global CEO Survey

Opportunities

23. AASHE 2010 Awards Program Accepting Applications
AASHE invites applications for its 2010 AASHE Awards. The categories for 2010 include two Campus Sustainability Case Study Awards, one Student Sustainability Leadership Award, and one Student Research on Campus Sustainability Award. The Case Study Awards, which are new for 2010, include "Best Campus Case Study" and "The Oops! Award for Lessons Learned." The Student Sustainability Leadership Award will provide a $750 prize to an undergraduate student from an AASHE member institution who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in promoting campus sustainability. The Student Research on Campus Sustainability Award will recognize the best research paper of any length that was completed in the previous 12 months and not previously published. All winners will be announced at the AASHE 2010 conference (October 10-12 in Denver, Colorado), and will be featured in Sustainability: The Journal of Record. The deadline to apply is July 1, 2010.  

24. Call for Case Studies - National Wildlife Federation
National Wildlife Federation's (NWF) Campus Ecology program is calling for case studies that showcase campus sustainability practices and global warming solutions for the previous school year. NWF will release these illustrated reports in fall 2010 through an online searchable case study database. Submissions are due July 15, 2010.

25. Call for Proposals - Innovation and Sustainability in Int'l Ed
NAFSA: Association of International Educators seeks proposals for its 2011 Annual Conference & Expo, slated for May 29 - June 3, 2011 in Vancouver, B.C. The conference committee is looking for proposals that contain new ideas around the conference theme of Innovation and Sustainability in Higher Education. The deadline to submit proposals is Aug. 2, 2010.

26. Submissions Welcome for 2010 PhD Sustainability Academy
The Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario will host the annual PhD Sustainability Academy from Nov. 4-9, 2010. Presented by the Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability, the 2010 theme is Markets and Movements for Sustainability. The event will explore the intersection of social movements and market creation for more socially and environmentally responsible products and services. Submissions on sustainability issues in strategy and policy, economics, entrepreneurship, ethics, environmental studies, international business and international development are welcome through July 15, 2010.

Jobs & Internships

27. Director, Energy and Sustainability Management, Lone Star College
Lone Star College System (TX) seeks a director of energy and sustainability management who identifies, supports and advocates for energy management, conservation and sustainability initiatives across the Lone Star College System. The position will develop enterprise-wide policies, procedures and programs related to energy and sustainability management. The successful candidate should be a certified energy manager and/or professional engineer. A bachelor’s degree and three years of work in a related field is required.

28. Energy Program Manager, U Colorado Boulder
The University of Colorado, Boulder seeks an energy program manager responsible for developing educational campaigns related to climate and energy issues for the campus community. The position will develop strategies for campus involvement in efforts to influence and advance university policy regarding energy efficiency, renewable energy and other campus sustainability goals. The successful candidate should have a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies or related field, and one year of professional experience. Applications will be accepted through June 29, 2010.

29. Environmental Safety Specialist, Georgia Southern U
Georgia Southern University seeks an environmental safety specialist (sustainability coordinator) to develop, implement and maintain environmental sustainability leadership for the university community. The specialist will coordinate with key managers to maximize sustainable efforts within the environmental performance of the university. In addition, the position will conduct marketing research, collect data, develop and investigate funding source, and supervise the management and recycling of non-hazardous waste. The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies or a related field. Applications will be accepted through July 16, 2010.

30. Transportation Demand Manager, Duke U
Duke University (NC) seeks a transportation demand manager to develop, implement, market, monitor and evaluate programs and initiatives that result in significant shifts in transportation mode shares within the university and health system. In addition, the manager will develop a member spot-rewards program, coordinate transportation events and enhance the current ride matching system. A bachelor’s degree in a related field is required.

31. Sustainability Coordinator, Lehigh U
Lehigh University (PA) seeks a sustainability coordinator to lead efforts to expand the university’s commitment, business development and project successes in relation to campus sustainability. The coordinator will manage growth of emerging programs, train new staff, and develop appropriate management and accountability structures for all program elements. The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in a related field and three to five years of related work experience.

32. Instructor, Sustainable Energy, Montana State U
Montana State University Billings College of Technology seeks an instructor of sustainable energy technology. The instructor will be responsible for teaching all levels of courses in the sustainable energy technician program. The successful candidate should have a background in instructional methodology, basic mechanical and electrical experience, knowledge of industrial and energy operations, and computer literacy skills. A bachelor’s degree is required. Review of applications will begin July 8, 2010.

33. Instructor, Environmental Studies, Foothill-De Anza CC
Foothill-De Anza Community College (CA) seeks an environmental studies instructor. The position will teach courses in two or more topic areas including introductory courses, energy management technology, building management systems, HVAC, lighting, electric power systems, sustainable building practices and renewable energy. The candidate should have a bachelor’s degree and two years of experience. A master’s degree in energy management technology, renewable energy or related field is preferred. Applications will be reviewed through July 30, 2010.

Events

34. ACUPCC Campus Carbon Calculator Bootcamp
July 24, 2010; 12:30pm - 5:00pm Pacific; San Francisco, CA
The American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) and Clean Air - Cool Planet present this half-day workshop on how to effectively compare climate mitigation projects, their carbon reductions, and financial returns using the Projects and Solutions Module of the Campus Carbon Calculator. This "Solutions Module Bootcamp" is designed to foster effective communication and collaboration between financial officers and sustainability coordinators during the Climate Action Planning process. Early bird registration rates apply before June 30, 2010. Space is limited to 30 attendees.

35. ACUPCC Crafting Your Climate Action Plan: Sharing Best Practices
July 13, 2010; 8:00am - 12:30pm Eastern; Boston, MA
The American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) will host "Crafting Your Climate Action Plan: Sharing Best Practices." The workshop will look at how two institutions produced climate action and sustainability plans and the lessons gained from their experience. Participants will learn who needs to be involved in the planning process and develop a framework and action steps for developing their own sustainability plans. Seating is limited to 30 participants.

36. Higher Ed and the Role of Green Information Technology Seminar
July 18-21, 2010; San Francisco, CA
The Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education (ACUTA) is hosting the “Green IT—Green Fields” seminar during July 18-21, 2010 in San Francisco. The seminar will explore topics like the Role of Green IT in Climate Neutrality; Smart Grid Opportunities for Campus Environments; and Green Implications of Unified Communications Migrations. Presenters will include administrators from the University of California at Irvine, the University of New Mexico, the University of Michigan and Stanford University (CA).

Campus Sustainability Discussion Forums Highlights

Answers to the forum questions below can be read by clicking on the question's title.

37. Campus Trees - Sequestration in Inventory?
I'm hoping for clarification regarding on-campus forests as they relate to the campus carbon footprint. Does the annual sequestration rate of on-campus trees count against the carbon footprint?

38. Eco-Friendly Maintenance Products
We are currently in the process of replacing our maintenance products with more environmentally friendly products, but are having a difficult time finding any alternatives. Maintenance presently uses products such as spray texture, WD-40, graffiti-remover Talon and enamel paint. Does anyone have suggestions for alternatives, or do they exist?

39. Transparency Responsible Party for STARS
Can anyone tell me if the responsible parties inputted in STARS are made public once the university submits for a rating?

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